Peter Case

HWY 62

by Steve Horowitz

20 January 2016

 
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Peter Case

HWY 62

(Omnivore)
US: 30 Oct 2015

The narrators of HWY 62 hail from everywhere and are ready for adventure. The instrumental track which gives the album its name is a piano boogie-woogie in tribute to the road that connects Ciudad Mexico with Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada. It doesn’t mean everyone’s free to travel. Just ask the residents of the state prison at “Pelican Bay”, a searing protest song about the injustice of incarceration. But Case does suggest that we are all dissociated from each other and our society. The songwriter understands that life at the margins really means one is at the center of things. In addition, Case’s music (with the assistance of those like D.J. Bonebrake (X), Don Heffington (Lone Justice), Ben Harper and such) rings with heart and soul. He passionately sings and plays; sometimes he gets heavy while on other tracks he takes a lighter touch to serious topics. At its core,  HWY 62 declares allegiance to the victims of unfairness,  inequality, and the wrong things that happen to people, and announces that Case is one of them. That he can touch us so strongly with these tales reveals Case’s considerable artistic talents.

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